Tired of your Friday night stand-bys? Take date night to a whole new level — and maybe a whole new country — by dining at one of the world’s most romantic restaurants.
World’s Most Romantic Restaurants: Atlas Club Nautika, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Situated at the age of the sea of Pile, Atlas Club Nautika’s outdoor terrace is found next to the entrance of Dubrovnik’s Old Town with views of the medieval fortresses of Lovrijenac and Bokar and the azure Adriatic Sea. Dine on freshly caught seafood and regional dishes while sailboats pass by. The impressive wine list doesn’t hurt, either.
World’s Most Romantic Restaurants: Le Zebra, Tulum, Mexico
Sip potent margaritas under candlelit chandeliers hanging from Le Zebra’s thatched ceiling. Look out on the white-sand beach, enjoy the ocean’s breeze, and tap your feet to the salsa beats as you dine on a fire-themed menu that includes a spicy “firestone” soup and banana-leaf-wrapped beer-marinated lamb cooked over a fire pit.
World’s Most Romantic Restaurants: Ambrosia, Santorini, Greece
Ambrosia can be found in a small cave house that’s been carved into the Ola cliffs. Either dine on the contemporary Mediterranean cuisine under the stars at one of the 11 tables on its terraces — the upper terrace provides both the most privacy and the best view, or get caught up in the romance of the antique-filled candlelit interiors.
World’s Most Romantic Restaurants: Le Grand Véfour, Paris, France
The first grand restaurant in Paris, Le Grand Véfour is also one of the city’s most expensive places to eat — and it’s worth it. Located in the beautiful historic Palais Royale, the restaurant boasts one of the most gorgeous dining rooms in the world, decked out in early nineteenth-century neoclassical décor. Napoleon and Josephine ate here. Must try: the famous foie gras ravioli with truffle cream or the signature Prince Ranier III pigeon.
World’s Most Romantic Restaurants: Le Tobsil, Marrakech, Morocco
Hidden behind an unmarked door, the 50-seat two-level courtyard can be found in an old house in the media. Gnawa guitarists will serenade you with their hypnotic never-ending melodies while you dine on a generous multi-course fixed menu of succulent dishes. Expect candlelight, rose petals, rich décor and impeccable service.
World’s Most Romantic Restaurants: Solo Per Due, Vacone, Italy
Found about an hour north of Rome, this almost-impossible-to-find gem has been called the world’s smallest restaurant. As the name implies, this place is “only for two.” Open for two meals a day, the restaurant consists of a single candlelit table for two. Staff leave you alone — you’ll have a silver bell to use if you need to summon them — ensuring absolute privacy as you dine. You can even order a personalized fireworks display.
World’s Most Romantic Restaurants: Sugar Mill Restaurant, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Dine on local seafood — the menu changes nightly — in this 374-year-old stone sugar mill surrounded by a jungle-like tropical garden. The candlelight, stone walls, waterfall and fine West-Indian dining come together to create an unforgettable date night.
World’s Most Romantic Restaurants: Huka Lodge Dining, Taupo, North Island, New Zealand
If you’re going to New Zealand for dinner, you might as well stay the night, right? Make yourself at home at the luxurious Huka Lodge on the North Island and dine in the ultra-romantic Lodge Room. Available for private dinners, the panoramic views of the Waikato River and magnificent fireplace make for a cozy, quiet spot perfect for heart-to-hearts and proposals. Also available at Huka Lodge: a private table for two under the stars, an intimate dinner in the vaulted-ceiling wine cellar, or dinner served by an outdoor fireplace.
World’s Most Romantic Restaurants: One if by land, Two if by sea, New York, New York
If New Zealand’s a little too far away for date night, reserve a table for two at this romantic West Village spot. The converted 18th-century carriage house never fails to impress with its cozy fireplaces and baby-grand-piano-filled ambiance. Tuxedoed waiters serve up seasonal American cuisine.
World’s Most Romantic Restaurants: Eagle’s Eye Restaurant, Golden, British Columbia, Canada
Eating at this wintery getaway in the Rocky Mountains has been called “dining in the heavens.” At 7700 feet above sea level, Eagle’s Eye offers 360-degree views British Columbia’s majestic mountains. While the lunch menu is good-for-the-soul hearty, the fireside moonlit dining really can’t be beat.
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